While it is absolutely UNFAIR that I have been detoxing and eating so well for 11 days, but have yet to lose any weight whatsoever (damn prednisone), I have to say, I feel pretty good. Not as stiff. And my right knee doesn't make any noise now when I walk up and down stairs!
I am finding that I'm hungry more frequently, but I don't think that's from being deprived. I think it's just the stuff that I do eat gets used up by my body (rather than sitting in my gut for hours) so I need to refuel more often. And since each refueling is with the same healthy food, I never have more than two or three hours between eating.
Now, given that I'm quite limited in WHAT I can eat, I'm getting a bit bored. A girl can only have so many apples, bananas and carrots a day. Lunch and dinner are an absolute joy - cooked foods! I saw my naturopath on Monday, and told her about the constant low grade headache since Friday (after stopping rice, nuts, and milk alternatives, as well as berries and other more sugary fruits and veggies) and she suggested having rice or steel grain oats at one meal a day, just to keep the sugar levels up. So, I can have Todd's yummy steel cut oatmeal in the mornings now, which is so much better than just a smoothie and a banana.
This is only until Thursday, then Friday I can go back to any ol' fruits and veggies I want and white rice. Brown rice and alternative milks come back a week after that, and then on day 20, I can have nuts again. And then, on days 21 - 28, I can go back to free range meats. Note - they say "free range" but they really want me to eat meat that isn't corn fed. Corn and cornmeal is weeded out on this detox.
Also, I think sweet potatoes are my new favorite food.
And I still want a glass of wine.
Let's see, what else is happening besides The Cleanse?
I walked the treadmill again last night. One mile. In 22 minutes. Is that good? I don't think that's very good. But I didn't have an asthma attack or pass out, so again, WIN.
We're getting our taxes taken care of tonight, which is very exciting. Hopefully, the refund (because our tax woman is amazing and always gets us a hefty refund) will finance the three week vacation I'm dreaming about in June. It includes a train trip to West Virginia, visiting with the family in Maryland, another train ride to Boston, a day toodling around there, and then a flight back home to Seattle. We'll see if I can actually get time off for this trip, too. I'm scared to even ask.
After our tax appointment, I'm getting my roots touched up. Because I am that woman now who colors her hair and has to get her roots touched up. Gah.
Oh, remember how I said I was going to take it easy on Sunday? Give myself permission to not do much of anything? Yeah, that didn't work. I washed the sheets and remade the bed, cleaned the bathroom, cleaned out the junk drawer in the kitchen and then, thankfully, took an Epsom salt bath between The Walking Dead and Downton Abbey, and read a few chapters of a new Jen Lancaster book.
And I didn't take a nap all day!
Which reminds me, my liver doctor told me I could start weaning my prednisone. Twenty milligrams one day, 10 the next, 20 the next, until I see him next Tuesday. Hopefully with The Cleanse and absolutely no alcohol, my levels will be back down in the semi-normal range and I can start tapering off of it completely. Funny, I have a couple of people tell me I should start lifting weights. If I have to have the steroids in my systems, might as well tone up a little!
I did look up little dumbbell weights. Gotta go to Target soon.
I think that alone is a clear sign that my body is doing better. I'm actually thinking using weights. And I'm walking. Twice now!